Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Jewish Parenting Centers and Nursery Schools

Adopted by the CCAR at the 96th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Whereas the Joint UAHC-CCAR Commission on Jewish Education, through its National Curriculum Project, has provided learners with a lifelong and systematic strategy for fulfilling the goals of Reform Jewish education, and

Whereas the infant and toddler stages in growth and development, culminating in the early childhood years (21/2-5) provide an unparalleled setting for an individual's acquisition of identity development skills, and

Whereas the involvement of parents in Jewish education establishes the process of Jewish life activities as an extension of family nurturance and valuing, and

Whereas the UAHC Department of Education offers consultation, orientation, and program development models related to the establishment of Jewish Parenting Centers for infants and toddlers, as well as a published set of Guidelines for pre-school teachers and parents, and

Whereas the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods has nurtured and supported early childhood programs and is the co-sponsor of PATT (Parents are Teachers Too) for parents of pre-school children, and

Whereas experience has shown that Jewish Parenting Centers and Nursery Schools enhance family synagogue affiliation and Jewish identification,

Be it therefore resolved that we call upon all UAHC congregations to promote Jewish educational and experiential programs for adults preparing for parenthood, new parents, and children from infancy to age five; and we call upon all member congregations to establish Jewish Parenting Centers and Reform Jewish Nursery Schools in conjunction with the National Curriculum Project.